Writer – Roger McKenzie, Robert Kanigher, Cary Burkett
Artist – Dick Ayers, Howard Chaykin, Jerry Grandenetti
Inker – Romeo Tanghal, Howard Chaykin
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – Gaspar, Milton Snapinn
Ulysses Hazard is on a secret mission when the book opens, on his way to Berlin to rescue Major Birch who it turns out is still alive after being captured and impersonated a few issues back. Things do not go as planned as is often the case and his plane is shot down, the pilot killed and Hazard surrounded by Nazis. After being knocked out, he is met by some children and an old man and learns their very sad story – them being Jewish, their father being killed and their mother imprisoned at a concentration camp. Writer Roger McKenzie soon puts Hazard in the thick of the action once again as there are Nazis closing in on his current position and once things are in the clear again, the kids ask him if he would accompany them to Berkstaten to help free their mother, of which he finds he cannot refuse. As for Enemy Ace, Germany’s own Hans Von Hammer, he has just buried his father in the final part to his latest story and he knows that he cannot rest for long for his honour demands him to find the French assassin in the black Nieuport who killed the man that raised him. In doing so, the Bloody Red Baron may have just met his match for it was not he who found his enemy, but the French pilot who has found him and if he is not careful, he might end up just like his father. At the end of the day, he is still the better pilot and after some fast action drawn by the great Howard Chaykin, all that remains is to attend the duel against his countryman which will find his honour satiated. Finally, in the first chapter of the latest Dateline: Frontline serial, Wayne Clifford is still in Africa, doing his best to get the stories he needs as a reporter and after saving the local commander’s life, he finds that being right at the front of the lines is not exactly where he wants to be, reporters being granted amnesty or not. Like the previous tales in the book, there is some good action present, but there is always a little tragedy courtesy of Cary Burkett as Dateline: Frontline is wont to show and by the end of it all, Clifford finds himself in charge of a newly-born infant, not something he was expecting in the slightest. Each tale, while completely different, are all quite exciting and able to grab the reader’s attention quite easily making Men of War one of the best war books from DC to ever hit the stands.
4 out of 5